Sudden AC repair needs are something no homeowner wants to encounter, and known AC repair needs are something no homeowner should put off. We understand the temptation to do so… if an air conditioner is still running, most people would like to avoid paying for repairs. But by neglecting repair needs like this, you risk your cooling system breaking down altogether when you need it the most–during the hottest season of the year.
We encourage our customers to take care of their systems as soon as they realize repairs are needed. But, how do you know when this is the case? After all, you are not an expert in air conditioners–that’s what we’re here for! However, it’s important for you to know the basics–at least the signs that it’s time to call in an experienced HVAC professional. Read on to learn what those signs could be.
The Cooling System Isn’t Cooling
This is understandably a pretty frustrating problem to have. However, it’s a problem that gets too easily brushed off–an air conditioner is running, but the air doesn’t seem as cold as it should be coming out of the vents. Maybe it’s because it’s too hot of a day outside? No, that shouldn’t have anything to do with it–while it will be hard to cool your home down to 70 on a 90-degree day, that shouldn’t impact how cool the air coming out of your vents feels!
If your air conditioner isn’t actually conditioning the air, it could be a problem with damaged ductwork that isn’t allowing the cooled air to reach the rooms in your home, or it could even be a refrigerant leak, which can cause even further problems for your air conditioner. Either way,
Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than Average
Let’s face it, nobody particularly likes getting their energy bill each month. You have to use your air conditioner around here, though, so there’s really nothing you can do about the amount of those energy bills, right?
Well… not quite. The thing is, you should definitely pay attention to the number on those utility bills. If you discover that they’re higher than they were this same time last year, then it’s an indication that something in your home is working inefficiently, and it could very well be your air conditioner to blame. After all, your HVAC systems account for half of your entire home’s energy use!
Your System Is Short-Cycling
Have you discovered that your system is cycling on and off rapidly? Air conditioners and furnaces are designed to run for 15-minute increments, 2-3 times an hour. If yours is only running for 5-10 minutes, cycling off, then turning back on just a short time later, this is called short cycling.
Short-cycling is not only evidence of an already existing problem in your system, but it can create more problems for your air conditioner and home comfort. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you think your cooling system is doing this, or struggling in any other way!